Sunday, November 23, 2003

Sunday is for Pancakes: the best pancakes ever

My own recipe. After years of experimenting, my quest for the perfect pancakes has finally been achieved. Pancakes are either moist but a bit soggy and dense, or big and fluffy but kind of bready — until now.
The secret for pancakes that are moist, tender and fluffy is in the order in which the ingredients are combined.

2 cups of flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp butter, melted
2 eggs, well beaten
3 cups buttermilk
1/4 tsp baking soda

Heat griddle to medium. Melt butter and set aside to cool slightly. Sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Set aside. Beat two eggs until foamy. The secret step is to put baking soda in bottom of a medium bowl and add buttermilk to it, then beat a few stroke with a whisk. Add eggs to buttermilk and beat until combined. Add melted butter to buttermilk mixture and beat to combine. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture all at once and mix until combined, but don't over beat. I use a spoon first to fold in all of the flour mixture, then use the whisk to get rid of the big lumps. Batter will still have some small lumps. Pour by the 1/3 cupfuls onto hot griddle and cook until small bubbles start to appear, then flip and cook for another minute or so. Cover with real maple syrup and eat. Make 8-10 four inch pancakes.

Okay, this has nothing to do with electing Howard Dean president except that it is a good sign of good things to come. Plus it makes my family very happy so they don't mind all the time I spend writing letters and online working to get Dean elected. I do it all because I love them, and want the world they live in to have sane, rational leaders at the helm. But they also need pancakes. My family, not the leaders. Well maybe leaders need pancakes, too.

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